Intimations for Sunday 1st September

PRAYER 1st September – Elders and Session Clerk

We give thanks and praise to you God for the men and women who have made a commitment to serve you as elder to a district and working hard to allow members to feel part of the Body of Christ. Bless them with wisdom and strength. Bless our New Session Clerk, Val and her deputies to carry out their tasks in supporting the minister and elders.

TRAIDCRAFT The stall will be up and running this morning in its usual spot in the large hall.  Stock has been low in recent times, partly due to difficulties experienced by Traidcraft, but things are beginning to get back to normal so please come and take a look.  As well as our usual range of fairly-traded goods, we have copies of “Last Doctor out of Biafra” – the war zone journal of Dr Ann Jackson. It’s a very interesting read! Thank you for your support.


Demand is very high just now and we are spending to restock from funds at an unprecedented rate – £1450 in the past 2 weeks alone. We need absolute basics such as dry pasta and rice, tins of soup, beans, pasta meals, carrots, peas, sweetcorn, tomatoes, fruit, custard, rice pudding, jars of sauce for pasta and for rice, UHT milk, tea, coffee, cooking oil.

Have a look at our new website – where you will an easy way to give a financial donation.  Alternatively there are envelopes available in all of the churches for one off donations and standing orders.

Thank you to all for your continuing support. Open at 66 High St, Carluke from 10 to 12, Monday to Friday.

BLYTHSWOOD CARE – SHOE BOX APPEAL – covered shoe boxes will be available from the beginning of September along with knitted goods suitable for inclusion in the boxes. Donations for the boxes go to Blythswood Care to assist with transport costs but proceeds from the knitted goods go to the Kenyan Orphanage fund.

LAST DOCTOR OUT OF BIAFRA – the war zone journal of Dr Ann Jackson Copies of the book are on sale in St Johns on Thursdays from 10-12. Orders can be taken today after the service in the Large Hall. Please call Liz Jackson on 07936142256 to reserve your copy.

COFFEE CLUB at Kirkton Church reopens on Tuesday 3rd September, 10-12.

All are welcome to come along to chat to friends, old and new.

URGENT – HELP is needed on Tuesday mornings to keep the Coffee Club running. Please speak to Kate Nisbet, Robina Wilson or Linda Boyle if you are interested in helping out.

GIRLS BRIGADE – start back on Thursday 5th September in Kirkton Church.

LANARK & DISTRICT U3A is a lively organisation for the retired & semi-retired. They will be holding their first coffee morning, of the new session, on Tuesday 3rd September at 10.30am in Clydesdale Inn, Lanark. This is an ideal opportunity to come along for a chat to find out more about what your local U3A has to offer you in your retirement.  An information leaflet will be available.

GUILD AT ST ANDREW’S invite you to an Evening Of Music with the choir of Cambusnethan North Church on Wednesday evening, 4th September at 7.00pm. A donation will be uplifted during the evening with tea/coffee being served.

CONFERENCE presented by Divine Healing Fellowship, Braehead House on Saturday 7th September 10.00-4.00pm     . Guest speaker is Rev Kenny Borthwick. Tickets £25 includes lunch. Telephone 01555 860716 to book your place.

TREKKERS Saturday 7th September 2019 Leaving Carluke St. Johns at 9.00 am

CARRON VALLEY FOREST & RESERVOIR (between Fintry & Denny). A lovely woodland trail along Carron Valley.  From the Forestry Commission car park we walk towards the main dam and then join the Loch Shore Trail along the south side of the reservoir (constructed 1935/39).   We carry on through the forest until we get to the smaller dam at the western end.  Across a minor road we enter the Sir John de Graham forest.  This track runs parallel to the north side offering great views over the reservoir to Meikle Bin beyond. This track brings us back onto the minor road we crossed previously and to our start point. This is a flat circular walk of 10 miles using forest tracks gravel paths and minor roads.   As part of the paths are rocky/uneven and can be muddy in places waterproof walking boots recommended. Anyone wishing to go or requiring more information please contact Rae by email  – or on 07762 905625 New Trekkers always welcome.

TUESDAY BIBLE STUDY GROUP  in St John’s small hall .

“Luke writes of good news – to the sick Jesus offers healing; to the hurting, comfort; to the outcast, acceptance.” The coming of Jesus is what we will be exploring together based on the Life Builder Bible Studies starting Tuesday 17th September, 11 for 11.30am. All are welcome. If you would like more information, talk to Joy Fraser or Yvonne Young.

CARLUKE MEN’S SHED QUIZ NIGHT. Friday 13th Sept at Carluke Bowling Club 7-10.30pm. £5/person. Reserve you ticket 07592861829.  £100 in prize money and challenge trophy.

KIRKTON ENTERTAINS: Carluke Young Farmers, Carluke Orchestral Flutes and Soundroutes will be performing on Friday 20th September at 7.30pm in Kirkton Church as part of the Carluke Jam & Ham Festival. Tickets are £6 including refreshments and are available on the door or from Iain Cunningham/ Margaret Gillespie/Derek Smith/Janet McKay at Kirkton. Any profit from ticket sales will be donated to Baby Bank Scotland.

JAM AND HAM FESTIVAL 2019. Entry forms for the Jampionships and for the Art Exhibition on Sat 21st September are available on the hall notice board.

DRAMA KIRK’S INTERACTIVE BIBLE STUDY SERIES continues with Joshua, Tuesday 17th September at 7pm, Hamilton Old Parish Church

Come along – embody the Word!

SCOTLAND FOR JESUS presents singer song-writer MATTHEW WARD in concert in Kirkton Church on Sunday 22nd September. See posters in the halls. For further details contact Rev Iain Cunningham on 771262

JOINT CONFERENCE – WHAT NEXT? Exploring the ways ahead for the 21st Century Scottish Church through revisiting “Church Without Walls” Contributors include Albert Bogle, Susan Brown, Gordon Kennedy, Michael Lyall and Kaye Gardiner. Saturday 5th October, 10.00am to 4.00pm in Kirkton Church.

This free event is open to people from churches of all denominations in the area. Please register at and search for “What next?”

SOUNDROUTES SINGERS Launches their New Term in Carluke on Wednesday the 11th September.

The effects of singing in a choir are well documented: from the social aspect of meeting new people and strengthening bonds in a community, to helping reduce an individual’s stress and anxiety levels, the benefits are plentiful.

SoundRoutes singers can learn harmony singing, improve their voice, make new friends, raise money for charity and enjoy opportunities to record and perform. The choir sings a blend of folk, pop, rock, reggae, world and gospel songs.

Sessions are led by SoundRoutes Singers’ leaders – all of who are highly trained professional musicians – who teach by ear (so it’s not necessary to read music) and will provide you with a fun and vibrant session of singing. The cost is £5 each week and there are no auditions, joining or subscription fees: participants are only required to pay as they attend. The new term starts on Wednesday 11th September at Lifestyles Carluke (Carnwath Road, Carluke, ML8 4DP) at 6-7.30pm, and singers meet each Wednesday thereafter. There is no pre-booking required; anyone interested can simply turn up.

OFFERINGS – if you are a visitor to the church and you wish to gift aid your offering, please use the envelope in the plastic wallet in front of you.

KIRKTON PRAYER CHAIN. – The congregation is encouraged to make prayer requests, as the need arises, via the confidential email address: Alternatively, you can use the yellow Prayer Request slips in the plastic wallets in the church chairs and pews. Give the first name or the initial of the person requiring and give brief details, place in the box in the vestibule marked “Prayer Requests”. Please advise of answers to prayer or any change in the situation via email or request slip. Prayer request are active for one month from date submitted. If further prayer is require then please submit another, updated request.


Mon 2 Proverbs 1.20-33 Tues 3 Proverbs 3.1-18
Wed 4 Proverbs 3.19-35 Thurs 5 Proverbs 8.1-21
Fri 6 Proverbs 8.22-36 Sat 7 Ecclesiastes 7.1-14
Sun 8 Psalm 19.1-14